I have a Sony DW-Q30A, a rebadged Lite-On 1635S. I have been running overspeed firmware from Codeguys (1635S.YS0Z.patched-fbd-16xOS-rs.exe) for a while, and all has been good thus far.
Recently, I started to get some weird burns. As the drive reached 12x (using Verbatim 16x azo dye single-layer media) the drive buffer would fill and empty repeatedly, then recording speed would drop down to 6x and stay there for the remainder of the burn.
Today, the drive stopped recognizing that it had media inserted. I opened the case and found that the spindle motor has some ball bearings rattling around loose inside it.
It seems to me that I've burned up the spindle motor, possibly because of the faster speeds called for by the patched firmware? Has anyone heard of or seen this before?
If anyone has a dead drive or something that is compatible, I REALLY like the drive and would like to save it. I can replace the motor myself, assuming I can GET another motor... If anyone has one that would work, I'd be grateful to have it! Ping me in PM if you can help with that.
I'm curious to see if this is a known problem or not, I am assuming it is a fluke... Did they use better quality motors in the faster/later drives or something? I also see there's a newer version of the patched firmware... No idea what is different or improved there, anyone know?